I've discovered recently that performing is not the most difficult part of puppeting. Writing is much harder. I (foolishly?) volunteered to assist with writing episodes of Torah Puppets so our head writer and creative genius Stan wouldn't be stuck doing it all and losing what's left of his sanity. I now understand why he's mentally unhinged at times. I've written one novel and part of a second. Both are still works in progress. It was hard work. Writing this show is harder.
It seems fairly straightforward.
- Have a topic.
- Pick which characters are going to focus on what part of the topic.
- Write dialog.
- Character personalities
- Does it make sense to pair this character with that character?
- Filming schedules
- Who is available to film with whom?
- How many different scenes should there be?
- Many short scenes
- Fewer longer scenes
- 26 minute episodes
(Maybe I shouldn't have written that last part on a blog that Stan reads.)